Apache Junction man gets 9 years in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children

(Florence, AZ) - An Apache Junction man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for possessing sexually explicit images of children.

On January 9, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Kyle Tyson, 21, to nine years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by two terms of lifetime probation.

Tyson pled guilty to three (3) counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Second Degree, Class 3 Felonies and Preparatory Dangerous Crimes Against Children.

In June, 2022, the Apache Junction Police Department was made aware through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of potential child sexual exploitation activity occurring through a social media app. Investigators were able to locate multiple sexually explicit files involving children on the app and subsequently served a search warrant at an Apache Junction home. Investigators located explicit material on Tyson’s cell phone in addition to the files on his social media app.